According to, DEEP PURPLE is apparently "in negotiations" to play the 42nd Montreux Jazz Festival, which runs from June 4-19 in Montreux, Switzerland. The band is listed for Great Classics Night along with the likes of SCORPIONS, CHICK COREA, STANLEY CLARKE, AL DI MEOLA. The final band lineup will be confirmed in April.

No other band is so closely identified with Montreux as DEEP PURPLE because of the song "Smoke On The Water" and its signature first line. That's why, in 2006, the band was chosen to close the final night of the 40th annual fest in Switzerland.

While on tour to promote its current "Rapture Of The Deep" CD, DEEP PURPLE's performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2006 proved totally triumphant. Singer Ian Gillan, guitarist Steve Morse, bassist Roger Glover, drummer Ian Paice and keyboardist Don Airey plowed through a glowing set of 16 songs — one of which, "Too Much Fun", was written specifically for the occasion.


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